Keeping tabs on arthritis
This time of year, some people say that their joints can feel a snowstorm coming. While scientists can’t explain this phenomena, one thing is for sure – cold temperatures can cause sore, stiff joints, especially for people with arthritis.
Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain, with affects about 54 million people in the U.S. About 31 million Americans have osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis.
Symptoms may vary based on the type of arthritis you have, but these are some common signs of arthritis.
- Joint pain or stiffness
- Swelling around the joint
- Warmth and/or redness around the joints
- Decreased range of motion
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
Tips for managing the most common arthritis, Osteoarthritis:
- Manage your weight
- Get regular physical activity like walking or biking
- Strength-train a couple of times per week
- Stretch often and try yoga or tai chi
- Talk with your doctor about anti-inflammatory medications to help manage your pain
- Try physical therapy
- Explore natural and alternative therapies like nutritional supplements, acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques and hydrotherapy
Having joint or hip pain? Take our FREE Joint & Hip Pain Assessment to learn if it’s time for you to talk to an orthopedist.
Each Wednesday at 7:40 am, Jerry & Blanca speak with local health professional, Rose Melendez, who offers helpful tips for your health and well-being, brought to you by our friends at Adventist HealthCare. Find more Health Tips here.